Heroes Reborn- Episodes 1 and 2

Starring: Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Ryan Guzman, Robbie Kay, Judith Shekoni, Kiki Sukezane, Gatlin Green, Henry Zebrowski, Toru Uchikado, Francesca Eastwood

Heroes Season 1 is the stuff of legend. It’s considered to be one of the best “seasons” of a TV show, from beginning to end, which is why it launched the franchise. Season 2 featured new characters no one cared about, and by the time they tried fixing it in Season 3, most of the audience had gone away. Heroes Reborn is basically Season 2 of Heroes, introducing us to a slew of new characters, hoping we’ll care about them. I mean… I kind of do?

There’s Tommy (Kay), who is a teleporter, and was being watched by Noah Bennett (Coleman) at some point in his childhood. There’s also Miko (Sukezane), who teleports into a videogame to find her father. But, there’s also a horribly misused Zachary Levi playing a villain (REALLY?). I don’t like that whole character arc, because how would he have become a badass out of thin air just because his son died? What was his training before? Normal people don’t just turn into assassins overnight. I need more backstory than “My son died, so now I kill Evos.” His wife (Shekoni) is also in this same boat, but I care less about her, because I’m not sure what led them to cast one of the most likeable actors on TV in the villain role. He could have anchored the rebirth (heh) of Heroes, but instead your most likeable character is off killing Heroes instead? What?

Maybe his arc is amazing, and by Episode 13 we’ll all be like “OMG. I never saw that coming.” and the risk pays off. But, you have to get us to Episode 13, and that starts by convincing us to come back for Episode 3.

One of my biggest problems with the show is the lack of “returning” Heroes. Noah Bennett is literally carrying this show on his shoulders right now, with just name drops of original characters like Claire (who is tied down to Nashville) and Mohinder. I need more. This show is dying for more tie ins to the original series than Noah Bennett.

I’m a big Heroes fan, so I’ll probably keep watching anyway. I’m not a huge fan of all the new characters, but I’ll wait another episode or two before I completely pass judgement. If I wasn’t a fan of the original Heroes, I’m not sure these first two episodes would have been enough for me to come back. I’m thinking probably not. I don’t know. It’s hard to have that “out of body” experience needed and erase my mind to approach this show with a clean slate. Maybe it is interesting enough to newbies. For me, it’s a little disappointing.

FINAL GRADE: B-

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